Item #6 on the agenda will be the delegation from the Garden Drive Residents Association, who oppose the proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment to 105, 115-159 Garden Drive. This is the group that WHRA supports in their submission to Oakville Town Council to deny the application submitted by Revera/SmartCentres, to build a for profit retirement home on the property.
We hope you are able to view this Council meeting as this proposed project would have a big impact on our West Harbour community.
We would like to share with you an opportunity to participate in an online home energy survey being conducted by the Halton Energy Network (HEN). HEN is a local non-profit exploring how we can help Halton homeowners make their homes more energy efficient.
The results of this survey will be included in assessing the feasibility of a social purpose organization (whose mission supports profit and community benefits) to support home energy upgrades (also known as deep energy retrofits). The survey is confidential, but they will also share statistics back with the community. It will remain open until February 14, 2021. Please see the attached document for more details.
As we approach December we want to wish you a safe and happy Holiday season, even though it might be totally different for you this year.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, your Executive Committee has not been meeting as often as we would like and we weren’t able to hold any of our usual social events or the Annual General Meeting. For that reason and because we have not spent any of our funds, we won’t be collecting the annual membership dues. We would like to suggest that you donate your membership dues to one of our local charities, e.g. Kerr Street Mission, Salvation Army, Fair Share (food bank) or any other that is dear to your heart. Our local retailers and restaurants are suffering during the pandemic and we know you will support them in person and online whenever you can.
Our Ward 2 Councillors have been hard at work in different ways and the Mayor has been sending out a daily newsletter to keep us all aware of what is going on with Covid-19 and the Town of Oakville, the Region of Halton and the Province of Ontario. We would strongly encourage you to sign up for the Mayor’s newsletter via this link.
There are several new developments in process. The ground has been broken for 22 townhouses at the corner of Brookfield Road and Lakeshore. There is a condominium development proposed for the site at Maurice Drive and Lakeshore. The building occupied by the Dog Guides at the corner of Rebecca and Kerr Street will be re-developed as a multi storey retirement home/apartment building. An application has been made for a retirement home on Lakeshore Road between Maurice Drive and Garden Drive. We are ever hopeful that the vacant site at Chisholm Street and Lakeshore Road will be developed in the near future. The new owner of the site appears to be making some progress with respect to the historic house that is on the property. There is nothing to report on the old Mexica Rosa’s site, other than the Town has amended the Official Plan to allow for a multi storey building higher than 4 stories if the site is sold to a developer. The Province has imposed new rules that override the Town’s Official Plan and we might expect more density in the future.
Our beautiful new park incorporating Waterworks, Tannery and Shipyards parks was well used during the summer months but for some of the residents living in the neighbourhood it created problems with traffic, parking and unruly behaviour on the part of some of the park visitors. Those residents approached the WHRA and we referred them on to the Councillors. As a result, the Town implemented new parking rules, increased the parking fines and undertook a Traffic Study of the whole neighbourhood. The report of that study will be forthcoming in the Spring of 2021. In the meantime, the concerned residents undertook their own survey which we believe they intend to present to the Town.
We would like to keep our membership list up to date and ask that if you have changed location or your email address please let us know. Also please advise us of any new households that you are aware of so we can put a membership flyer in their mailbox and welcome them to the neighbourhood.
Thanks for your understanding and Happy Holidays. Stay safe.
Excerpt from Ward 2 Councillors Newsletter Fall 2020
Project Noisemaker is an initiative to address noise issues created by loud, illegally modified vehicles, including cars, trucks and motorcycles. HRPS reports that inspections of vehicles creating unnecessary noise are often other accompanied by unsafe vehicle conditions and aggressive driving behaviours. The program runs until October 31, 2020.
Since May 2020, when the #Project Noisemaker program was introduced, HRPS has laid over 1,000 charges and Town of Oakville Municipal Enforcement Services has laid dozens of charges for noise related to loud motorcycles (charges issued under the Town’s by law).
In 2019, the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, S.O. 2019, c. 14 was enacted to amend the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) to include a new section (s. 75.1) that would make it an offence to tamper with motor vehicles by: (a) removing, bypassing, defeating or rendering inoperative all or part of a motor vehicle’s emission control system; or (b) modifying a motor or motor vehicle in any way that results in increased emissions from the level to which it was originally designed or certified by the manufacturer of the motor or motor vehicle. Unfortunately, s.75.1 has never been proclaimed to be in effect.
In order to support Halton’s police service and help deter drivers from the offences outlined in Bill C.14, Oakville Town Council recently unanimously passed a resolution that calls on the Province to proclaim s.75.1 of the Highway Traffic Act and bring it into force immediately.
Members of the community can continue to call the Halton Regional Police Service non-emergency line 905-825-4777 to report nuisance-related concerns.
Excerpt from the Mayor’s newsletter November 25 2020Province recommends celebrating holidays with only those you live with
Today the Ontario government, based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and input from the Public Health Measures Table, provided preliminary guidance for celebrating the upcoming holiday season, recommending Ontarians only celebrate with members of their own households.
This is sure to come as disappointing news for those who were hoping to gather with family they have been unable to see all year, but is necessary to help flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Those who live alone are able to gather with one household, but there are indoor gathering limits across all zones of Ontario’s framework including a limit of 10 for those in Green, Yellow and Orange and five in Red. In lockdown, indoor gatherings are not permitted except for those of a single household.
This is more encouragement for us to collectively do our part to keep Halton out of lockdown.
Follow public health advice: Stay home if you’re feeling unwell, wash and sanitize your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, maintain a physical distance from others and wear a mask when you can’t and when mandated. Please also follow my three Cs of COVID-caution to avoid crowded places, closed spaces and close-contact settings.
Regional Official Plan Review The Regional Official Plan (ROP) is a land use policy document created by Halton Region to shape the Region’s future growth and development. The Regional Official Plan Review (ROPR) is currently underway. It will impact local planning in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills.Halton Region is currently asking for feedback on a set of five Discussion Papers that may be of interest:·
As we know that many are finding it challenging ordering deliveries of essential items, we have decided to share that Chris Merrick, a WHRA resident, has offered his delivery service to the community. His information is attached.
The Committee would like to wish you all a very Happy Holiday. If you like, you can click the link below and you will see the Christmas video Johannes Linstead (a WHRA resident and excellent Latin music band leader) sent us from some lovely, warm looking paradise. That is our Christmas card to you! All the best for the season!
One of the many great pleasures of living in the West Harbour neighbourhood is the history of the area. On a snowy, icy December afternoon, you may want to peruse the website of the Oakville Historical Society. They have posted to their website a large collection of photos and documents relevant to our area.
Check out the map of Oakville from 1836, with nearly every lot and road as it is today. Lakeshore Road was originally Colborne Road, but otherwise the map looks very similar to today. You can acquire a copy of this map, and others, at the Oakville Historical Society offices.
An example of West Harbour from their excellent photo library:
From their website:
“This is the Old Tannery located at the West Pier on Sixteen Mile Creek. It was built in 1836 as a brewery and distillery. The stones on the left of the picture were piled by stonehookers in 1900. Used as a postcard.”
Yesterday the Town of Oakville dedicated a plaque to significant Black history in our West Harbour area. In attendance were Mayor Rob Burton and Regional Councillor Cathy Duddeck, along with others. An art installation will be dedicated in the spring.